During Lent, we remember that God gave us Jesus and Jesus gave us his life. We reflect on our lives as Christians and give thanks to God for all that he has given us. At Easter, God offers us new life and we rejoice!
Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday - March 29, 2018
Tenebrae and Soup Supper - 6:30PM
Easter Sunday - April 1, 2018
Sunrise Service Outdoors - 6AM
Festival Worship with Brass - 9AM
Easter Egg Hunt - 10:10AM
Festival Worship with Brass - 11AM
Every year, our Easter Offering is shared between two non profit organizations who are carefully vetted by our Christian Action Ministry. This year, we are excited to announce our support of two local organizations whose important work helps those affected by disaster or circumstances beyond their control. If you would like to make a gift in support of these organizations, Easter envelopes are available in the pews. If contributing by check, please note “Easter Offering” in the memo line. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
UCC Thomas Fire Disaster Relief Efforts
Wildfires broke out in California this Fall and spread rapidly due in large part to dry conditions and high winds. Mudslides followed heavy rains in Santa Barbara County, where the enormous Thomas Fire had burned vegetation off the hillsides. The mud swept homes off their foundations and caused a 30 square mile debris flow. The Thomas Fire alone burned 281,893 acres and destroyed 1,063 structures and grew to be the largest fire in California history during one of the state's worst fire years on record. UCC Disaster Ministries engages volunteers, congregations, UCC Conferences and partners to serve the unique needs of disaster survivors including spiritual, physical, financial, and psychological support. UCC Disaster Ministries provides assistance with acute and long-term disaster effects which can last for years following an event. On March 11, Jim Juneau will speak during both services on behalf of UCC Disaster Relief Ministries to share more information about their work and impact.
CASA Los Angeles
In Los Angeles County, there are 30,000 children and youth in the child welfare system. More than 20,000 of these have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. These children often move from home to home and each time must adjust to new caregivers, new schools, and a new social circle.
Trained CASA volunteers are paired with a child or youth and, unlike other professionals, work one-on-one to advocate for the child's best interests. As sworn officers of the court, CASA volunteers visit their child on a regular basis, interact with professionals and others involved in the child's case, gather information on specific issues in the child's life that need attention, and make recommendations directly to the child's judge promoting safety, permanency, and enhanced well-being. We will be joined by Wende Nichols-Julien on March 18, who will speak during both services on behalf of CASA.
Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter Egg Hunt has been a family favorite for many years! Join us on Easter Sunday at 10:15AM for this fun Neighborhood Church tradition. All children ages 3rd grade and younger are welcome to join, regardless of church membership.
To RSVP, bring one dozen filled plastic eggs per child participating by Thursday, March 29th. On Easter Sunday, bring a basket and a friend and come join the fun!